CHAPTER 19

JUST AS FATHER WAS A GREAT MEAT EATER, SO mother was a great lover of coffee. Not that she drank more than two cups of it daily, but she could not do without it. Breakfast and four o'clock without coffee would have been a misfortune. Mother took her coffee with boiled milk and when we got the buffalo cow, the milk from this animal--so much richer than cow's milk--made the coffee even more delicious for mother.

If friends from the city praised the coffee mother served them, she would tell them with a bit of pride that it was the buffalo milk that gave it the fine taste.

Irina and I had our milk merely sprinkled with a few drops of the precious brew, but we said we were having coffee. And, too, we drank our allotted daily portion of milk with more pleasure because of the few drops of coffee. Not that we found any difference in the taste of the milk, but because it had an infinitesimal quantity of what to mother was the elixir of life.

Our buffalo cow was indeed a great asset in our household economy. This was not merely because of the milk

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